About Compassion International

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

About Us Releasing Children From Poverty
in Jesus' Name

"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done."
- Proverbs 19:17

In a world where more than a billion people live on less than U.S. $2 per day, child sponsorship is the most strategic way to end child poverty, particularly when it is integrated into a holistic approach to child development.

An 8-year-old Salvador boy sits with a group of girls leaning against a yellow wall with books lined up and stacked along a ledge above them.

All of our programs are rooted in our Christian faith and are implemented by the local church. And we commit to honor Jesus Christ in all we do.

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

A little girl in a red velvet dress stands in front of a red stone wall.

We are a "love thy neighbor" ministry. We are advocates for children in poverty. We see them as whole beings with bodies, minds, souls and spirits. We see them as unique and precious in God’s sight. We give them an opportunity to learn about Jesus.

What Makes Compassion Distinct? Church Based. Child Focused. Christ Centered.
What makes Compassion distinct? Compassion is church based with over 6,900 international church partners helping children in poverty. What makes Compassion distinct? Compassion is child focused with over 1.7 million sponsored children. What makes Compassion distinct? Compassion is a Christ centered ministry to children in poverty. Over 122,000 kids & moms invited Jesus to be their Savior over the last year.
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Compassion consistently receives high ratings for financial accountability and integrity.

Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating — four stars — for 14 consecutive years, placing Compassion in the top 1 percent of all charities.

Get to Know Us Better

Embracing children is at the heart of who we are and has been honed over six decades of ministry.

Compassion is...

Compassion is global, reflecting the beautiful diversity of God's kingdom. Compassion is respectful, protecting the divine character in everyone. Our faith in God and in His promises empowers us to be confident. In the face of evil raging around us, we remain hopeful as we go about our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

Our History

What started as one man’s act of compassion for South Korean war orphans in 1952 has transformed into a worldwide ministry that is releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Our Leadership Principles

We aspire to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ, in who we are and what we do. We commit to these leadership principles in ever-increasing measure.

What's the Meaning Behind Our Blue Corner?

We want to communicate our brand in a global visual language, above and beyond our logo, that is not hindered by language or other cultural barriers.

The Poverty Wheel

The poverty wheel is a graphic representation of poverty. The hub represents absolute poverty. The spokes represent the different needs of those in poverty. The rim represents enough. We work to bring children from the hub (poverty) to the rim (enough).